With Christmas trees popping up in October, who has time for Thanksgiving?
Anteaters, apparently. After talking to some UCI affiliates, it’s clear that the values of Thanksgiving are as strong as ever in this time of ‘madness’ and ‘killing of people,’ as two interviewees put it.
Though most of the traditions are alive and well, there are a few dissenting voices and a few minor tweaks.
‘I’m thankful that I’m going home to see my family, and that there are no real problems this year,’ said William King-Lewis, a third-year philosophy major.
King-Lewis has more to be thankful for than the average Anteater.
‘My parents are split up, so I’ve spent every other year between my mom and my dad,’ King-Lewis said. ‘But ever since I’ve been in college, we’ve all been meeting at one of my cousin’s houses down here [in Southern California].’
One professor traditionally spends Thanksgiving in the company of friends, family and colleagues.
‘For the past 10 years I’ve spent Thanksgiving in University Hills,’ said Carrie Noland, associate professor of French. ‘Two families host the dinner, and we invite other families.’
Another Anteater has a foreigner’s perspective on the holiday.
‘Back [in England] we didn’t celebrate this holiday, but it’s not weird at all